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New plan to promote healing between Brisbane archdiocese and indigenous people

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has welcomed a move to build stronger parish links with the indigenous community by adopting a new reconciliation plan (RAP). The RAP is a living document that identifies priorities and key goals in building awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, and strengthens relationships between Aboriginal and non-indigenous people across the archdiocese. “I am very ... Read More »

Learning to lament this Lenten season

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This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Lenten message ON Ash Wednesday we heard the prophet’s words: “Come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning” (Joel 2:12) – words which echo one of the key themes of Scripture, the theme of lament. Ancient Israel had to make sense of the blood, sweat and tears that so often marked ... Read More »

Pyne bills withdrawn after LNP votes to block proposed abortion legislation

PRO-life campaigners are claiming victory after the scrapping of Queensland’s controversial abortion bills. Member for Cairns Rob Pyne withdrew his two private member’s bills, which aimed to legalise abortion, a day before the bills were due to be voted on in Parliament on March 1. “It was a victory for common sense,” Cherish Life Queensland president Julie Borger said. “These ... Read More »

Archbishop says Church must end ‘culture of concealment’

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BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge described the Church as “a law unto ourselves”, and said Pope Francis and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse were catalysts for cultural change. Archbishop Coleridge was a panellist on the third day of the Royal Commission hearing in Sydney discussing Catholic Church structural and cultural issues, including accountability and transparency. Archbishop Coleridge ... Read More »

Archbishop defends rights of unborn children

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has strongly defended the rights of the unborn child in a written submission to the inquiry into Queensland’s abortion law reform bill aimed at decriminalising abortion.  Archbishop Coleridge described the Church as both pro-woman and pro-life. “Each of us are here today because when we were infants in the womb people cared enough to protect our ... Read More »

Catholics must act on abortion but with respect and dignity

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BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has delivered a call to action to Queensland Catholics to get involved in the abortion bill debate. Archbishop Coleridge said Catholics should write to their local MP, go and see them personally, and perhaps join a pro-life rally. “The Church community has to act as well as speak,” he said. However, Archbishop Coleridge said Catholics should temper their ... Read More »

Archbishop calls asylum-seeker policy ‘a moral failure’

AUSTRALIA’S asylum-seeker policy is a moral failure and an international disgrace, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said on ABC TV’s Q&A on Monday night. The Archbishop was responding to an audience question about the Australian Labor Party’s decision at a national conference last weekend to match the Federal Government’s policy of turning back asylum-seeker boats. Archbishop Coleridge said the decision reflected ... Read More »

A moment full of hope

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This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the 2014 ANZAC Day Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral. ON this enormous island, with its endless coasts and waters, and in this most urbanised of all cultures, the beach occupies a very important place in the Australian psyche, not just physically but also symbolically. We can even speak in Australia of there ... Read More »

A moment full of hope

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the ANZAC Day Mass in St Stephenís Cathedral. ON this enormous island, with its endless coasts and waters, and in this most urbanised of all cultures, the beach occupies a very important place in the Australian psyche, not just physically but also symbolically. We can even speak in Australia of there being ... Read More »

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